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Hunter and Clark use Picnam to manage scanned invoices and timesheets. 

"What a great program!  I've been goofing off for months with other programs and this is the easiest to use and simple to boot." Bernhard R.


Installation Instructions

Online Documentation

Managing Scanned Documents

Picnam contains features to make working with scanned documents easier.

Why Text Files?

The most common question people ask about Picnam is "Why did you choose to use text files for comments?" This article gives some of the reasons you might prefer to use text files rather than metadata to store information about your pictures.

Recording Information About Genealogy and Family History Photos

Picnam is ideal for making notes about scanned documents and photos for family history or genealogy.

Preserving Digital Photos

Digital photography makes it easy to take lots of photos, but they are very easily lost. What can you do to make sure your photos survive for years to come?

A Quick Tour of Picnam

Main Window

The main window is designed to show the picture as large as possible, to allow you to see as much detail as possible. You can set the Image options to fit the image to the window, fit height or width, or show it full size.

You can click on any point in the picture to zoom in on it at 100%. Click again and it returns to the original scale. Right clicking on the picture brings up a context menu to zoom by various amounts.

Above the image is the filename. Type the new name and press enter to rename the image. When you rename the image Picnam automatically loads the next image, to make it easy to process a large number of images quickly. If you don't want to change the name, just press Enter to move to the next image.

Below the image is the area where you can enter text. The text box shrinks to 1 line when it is empty to allow as much space as possible to show the picture. When you move the cursor into the text box, it is enlarged to give you space for editing.

You can create templates for the text so you can easily add standard text, or a set of headings to remind you of information that needs to be included.

The different parts of the window can be resized to suit your preferences.

The list of pictures can be shown in details view as well as thumbnails. Details view shows the filename, file size, the modified date of the file and the date the photo was taken, if it was recorded by the camera. You can click on the column headers to sort the files by any of these columns.

Open in New Window

Images can be opened in a new window. This allows you to easily compare 2 or more images, and switch between them using the Windows Alt-Tab function.

No Database

Picnam does not create a database that needs to be managed, or reorganise your files. Picnam uses normal Windows folders, and you can file your images any way that suits you - or just leave them where the camera software puts them.

Browsing Photos

There is not much point in taking photos if you never go back and look at them. Picnam is a fast and easy way to view your pictures. You can drag the list of files out of the way, and use the Enter key to advance through your pictures. After the last picture in the folder, Picnam will advance to the next folder automatically.

Working with Scanned Documents

When working with scanned documents you typically want to read the text on the document to determine the new name. Setting the fit type to Fit Width is usually the easiest way to do that. Sometimes the information you need to see is not at the top of the document. To avoid having to scroll every page, Picnam maintains the scroll position from one image to the next.

Editing Images

Picnam does not provide any photo editing functions. Instead it allows you to open your images in another application. This means you can use your favorite image editing program with Picnam. Picnam makes no changes to the image file - only the name.

Processing Images

You can select images to move, copy, delete or rename as a group. To select images, check the checkbox alongside the image. When you process an image, if there is an associated text file it is also processed to keep it in sync with the image.

Digital photography means many people take a large number of pictures in a session. One of the first things you probably do is to go through the list and work out which ones to keep and which to discard. You can move through the list of files using the arrow keys, and check or uncheck files with the spacebar. Then you can delete the checked files, or move or copy them to another directory.

Bulk Rename

The Bulk or Batch Rename function allows you to rename a group of files in one operation. You can simply type a name and the files will be given that name plus a sequence number. You can also use patterns to generate names with incrementing numbers, parts of the old name and an incrementing counter that is saved between sessions.

The bulk rename function can also add (or remove) leading zeros to the numbers in filenames like "picture (2)". This fixes the problem where the names don't sort properly in some applications.


PicnamView is a free version of Picnam which you can distribute with your photos, to allow others to see the text with the images. PicnamView does not provide any ability to edit the text or to rename photos. Of course, because the text is stored in a normal text file anyone can edit it using a normal text editor, and you don't need any special software to read it.